Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour

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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small Group Adventure Tour information and booking

from
$208
Duration
8 hours
Departs from
Tour departs from Queen Kaahumanu Highway, or Waikoloa Kings Shops.
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
Departure time varies between 1:40pm and 4:00pm, depending on the time of year and accommodations
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Tour description provided by Viator

Experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time as you head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big Island! Discover Hawaii from the top of the Island's tallest peak, the Mauna Kea, also known as "White Mountain", 13,796 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level. Be sure not to miss this enchanting Mauna Kea Summit and Stars small group tour!

View a spectacular sunset from the top of Mauna Kea Hawaii and enjoy a unique stargazing experience on this Big Island adventure tour. Travel from Kona through Hawaii's historic Parker Ranch in a specially equipped 4x4 luxury van to Mauna Kea summit on the Big Island of Hawaii. Learn about the Big Island's cultural, natural and ecological history from your naturalist tour guide as you journey to Mauna Kea Observatory for this once-in-a-lifetime sunset and stargazing tour. Limited to 12 people, this tour ensures a personalized and unique experience.

Ride to the Mauna Kea summit in comfort and safety with specially equipped 4x4 tour vans and gain access to parts of the Big Island of Hawaii that most travelers will never see! Enjoy a special hot, picnic style dinner (refer to full menu below) at a historic Hawaiian ranch where you'll be provided with a warm, hooded parka (you must specify size when booking) and prepare to make the climb to the top of Mauna Kea.

From Mauna Kea, enjoy views of Mauna Loa and see Maui's volcano, Haleakala, along with other special points of interest. Stand among some of the earth's most powerful telescopes at the Mauna Kea Observatory as you enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime sunset view.

After sunset, you'll travel to the Mauna Kea Visitor's Center at 9,000 feet (2,750 meters), where your tour guide will set up a telescope for a personal, entertaining and educational star party. Learn how Mauna Kea's unique geography draws scientists from all over the world to study the heavens, and also allows for incredible night time views of the stars. Enjoy hot beverages and chocolate macadamia nut cookies as your guide gives a personal astronomy lesson.

What's included

  • Guide
  • Hooded parkas
  • Hot picnic dinner
  • Hot cocoa and cookies
  • Private star show with telescope
  • Local taxes

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off